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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Feb 14, 2011 2:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dylan wasn't the only performer.

The Avett's closed FloydFest a couple of years ago and it was a big mistake. They definitely should have been one of the Saturday night headline shows (there are 4 "headliners" on Floyd's Saturday nights) and blown up the crowd with all the energy they brought. I was especially impressed when the cellist flipped the cello on its side and he started jamming away like it was a guitar.

Maybe I am turning into a crusty old fart, but I'm thinking you wind down a 4 day festy with a band that is just a little less frenetic than the Avetts. The Avetts on Saturday night would have been a kick ass show, the Avetts on Sunday evening was more like acoustic waterboarding.

To their credit, they did put on a hell of a show and I have enjoyed them since. Nothing like a big slice of testost-emo-grass.

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Poster: elkdog Date: Feb 14, 2011 3:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dylan wasn't the only performer.

Yeah, they (and Joe, the cellist) are one of the best live shows I've seen in terms of sheer energy and joy poured into the music. Great on lots of level to see them getting national attention.

Really for me it's great to see a guy who really just wanted to play his cello get the chance to do it for a living, and to see him be such an electric performer on it. He was a great guy- we lost touch during college (we both went to UNC), so I don't claim close friendship, but his dedication has paid off in a big big way.